DeepPTZ: Deep Self-Calibration for PTZ Cameras

Chaoning Zhang, Francois Rameau, Junsik Kim, Dawit Mureja Argaw, Jean-Charles Bazin, In So Kweon; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 1041-1049


Rotating and zooming cameras, also called PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras, are widely used in modern surveillance systems. While their zooming ability allows acquiring detailed images of the scene, it also makes their calibration more challenging since any zooming action results in a modification of their intrinsic parameters. Therefore, such camera calibration has to be computed online; this process is called self-calibration. In this paper, given an image pair captured by a PTZ camera, we propose a deep learning based approach to automatically estimate the focal length and distortion parameters of both images as well as the rotation angles between them. The proposed approach relies on a dual-Siamese structure, imposing bidirectional constraints. The proposed network is trained on a large-scale dataset automatically generated from a set of panoramas. Empirically, we demonstrate that our proposed approach achieves competitive performance with respect to both deep learning-based and traditional state-of-the art methods. Our code and model will be publicly available at

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author = {Zhang, Chaoning and Rameau, Francois and Kim, Junsik and Argaw, Dawit Mureja and Bazin, Jean-Charles and Kweon, In So},
title = {DeepPTZ: Deep Self-Calibration for PTZ Cameras},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}